Where It All Went Down: Movements of the '70s | Los Angeles Conservancy
Photos (l-r): Estrada Court mural, 1978. Mural by: Mario Torero. Photo courtesy: Herald Examiner Collection/Los Angeles Times / 1978 Protest against Briggs Initiative by Ken Papaleo, Herald Examiner Collection/Los Angeles Public Library

Where It All Went Down: Movements of the '70s

Where It All Went Down: Movements of the '70s

Friday, December 31, 2021 - 11:45pm Register
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The 1970s were a time of great activism. The loss of habitat, both urban and rural, gave rise to conservation-focused organizations such as TreePeople and the California Conservation Corps. Important civil rights movements saw huge gains in the 1970s, including the LGBTQ, Latinx, and women’s rights movements. 

Today, many of these stories of activism can be told by looking at the sites where the events of these movements took place. Via live stream, panelists will discuss both the lasting legacies of these movements and current efforts to recognize and preserve the places associated with them.


Madonna Cacciatore, Executive Director of Christopher Street West/LA Pride
As Executive Director of Christopher Street West / LA Pride, Madonna Cacciatore has overseen the growth and diversity of LA Pride to include full closures on Santa Monica Blvd, launching the first “Pride on the Boulevard,” and the first live broadcast of the parade.  In 2020 with the cancellation of Pride due to COVID-19, the first-ever virtual parade and historic journey of Christopher Street West aired on ABC7 with a 3-hour broadcast in prime time.

Madonna began her activism for women’s rights and the LGBTQ+ community the same year she came out as a lesbian in 1973. Born a proud Italian-American in Mineral Wells, Texas, Madonna moved to Chicago as a young adult to pursue dance and theatre. She moved next to Washington, D.C., where she did grassroots work for marriage equality and volunteered at The NAMES Project – AIDS Memorial Quilt. Her marriage equality work continued in Seattle before she moved to Los Angeles to work at AIDS Project Los Angeles (now APLA Health) in 2006. Prior to joining CSW, Madonna was Director of Special Events for the Los Angeles LGBT Center, where she oversaw the growth and development of the special events fundraising activities of the largest LGBT organization in the world.

Sheila Levrant de Bretteville, graphic designer, artist, educator, founder of the Woman’s Building
Before opening the Sheila Studio in 1970,  Ms. de Bretteville she worked as a designer for Chanticleer Press, Yale University Press, and Olivetti Pubblicità in Milan. In 1971 at the California Institute of the Arts, she created the first women’s design program and, in 1973, founded the Woman’s Building and its Women’s Graphic Center in Los Angeles. In 1981 she initiated and chaired the Department of Communication Design at Otis/Parsons. Her design work in books, magazines, and newspapers includes The Motown Album, the redesign of the Los Angeles Times, and special issues of the Aspen Times, Everywoman, American Cinematographer, and Arts in Society. Her work has been exhibited in Graphic Design in America: A Visual Language History at the Walker Art Center; in Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles 1960–1980 at the Hammer Museum and P.S. 1; and in WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Her posters and fine press editions are in the special collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Centre Pompidou in Paris, and numerous university and public libraries. Her site-specific public artwork includes Biddy Mason: Time and Place andOmoide no Shotokyo in Los Angeles; Search: Literature in Flushing, New York; At the start…, At long last… in New York City’s Inwood A train station; Path of Stars and HILLHOUSEin New Haven; and Step(pe) in Yekaterinburg, Russia. Ms. de Bretteville joined the Yale School of Art faculty as its first tenured woman in 1990, when she was appointed professor and director of graduate studies in graphic design.  The AIGA designated her a Design Legend in 2006.

Cindy Montañez, Chief Executive Office, TreePeople
Cindy is a lifelong Angeleno raised in the Northeast San Fernando Valley. At the age of 25, Cindy was elected as the youngest mayor and councilmember of her hometown of San Fernando. At 28 years old, she made history by becoming the youngest woman elected to the California State Legislature, where she became a champion for the environment, sustainable urban planning and social justice. Cindy then moved on to serve as Assistant General Manager at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, where she was a core part of the team transitioning the nation's largest publicly-owned utility to cleaner energy and a more sustainable local water supply. Cindy is currently a Board Member for the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and a Legislator In-Residence at the USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics.

Rosalio Muñoz, Chicano activist, journalist, and historian
Rosalio Muñoz is a Chicano journalist and activist who has been a longtime member of the Communist Party. As a student activist, Muñoz served as Student Class President of Franklin High School and later as UCLA’s first Chicano Student Body President. He spearheaded the 1970 Chicano Moratorium Committee as Co-Chair.  

Panel Moderator

Jane McFadden, Department Chair, Humanities and Sciences, ArtCenter College of Design
Jane McFadden is the chair of ArtCenter’s Humanities and Sciences Department. As a full-time faculty member, she has taught a variety of cultural history courses across departments from undergraduate Fine Art to graduate Industrial Design. She was a founding member of Faculty Commons and co-moderated its Summit on Teaching and Learning in 2012. She was the director of the Graduate Studies Criticism and Theory program from 2007-2009. She oversees ArtCenter Dialogues, the renowned Toyota Motor Corporation endowed lecture series; and she started the innovative Art and Design History Teaching Fellowship. An art historian whose work focuses on the interdisciplinary practices of the 1960s, she has written for various publications devoted to modern and contemporary art, such as Art Journal, Grey Room, Modern Painters and X-tra. She is author of essays for Pacific Standard Time at the J. Paul Getty Museum and Ends of the Earth: Land Art to 1974 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Her book Walter de Maria: Meaningless Work, for which she was awarded a Creative Capital/Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant, was published by Reaktion Books in 2016.


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